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Logicomix: The Epic Search For Truth

Author/Illustrator: Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos, and Annie Di Donna Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education Subject: Math Genre: Historical Fiction, Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Teaching comics, For adults too Synopsis: Covering a span of sixty years, the graphic novel Logicomix was inspired by the epic story of the quest for the Foundations of Mathematics. This was a heroic intellectual adventure most of whose protagonists paid the price of knowledge with extreme personal suffering and even insanity.  The book tells its tale in an engaging way, at the same time complex and accessible. It grounds the philosophical […] Read More

Levitation: Physics and Psychology in the Service of Deception

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani and Janine Johnston Publisher: G.T. Labs Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction Synopsis: Hypnotic gestures. Fancy clothes. Lovely assistants. These things may make the magician, but science makes the magic. Levitation tells the amazing true story of the most dazzling illusion ever performed on stage, and features a cast of characters that seems too good to be true — The Scientist: John Neville Maskelyne, the oh-so-proper British magician and the trick’s inventor. The American: Harry Kellar couldn’t buy the illusion, so he found another way to get it. The Inventor: Guy Jarrett, the […] Read More

Inventions and Discovery series

Author/Illustrator: Heather Adamson, Jameson Anderson, Jennifer Fandel, Andrea Gianopoulos, Jessica Gunderson, Katherine Krohn, Donald B. Lemke, Connie Colwell Miller, Ellen S. Niz, Xavier W. Niz, Michael O’Hearn, Kay Melchisedech Olson, Nathan Olson, Trina Robbins, David Seidman, and Scott R. Welvaert Publisher: Capstone Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Science Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Teaching Comics Synopsis: World-changing events unfold before your eyes in these amazing tales of inventions and discovery. Inventors, scientists, and businesspeople shape our world through their will and determination. See their captivating stories come to life with vivid illustrations and easy-to-read text. An additional information section provides key facts […] Read More

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Author/Illustrator: Sarah Glidden Publisher: Vertigo Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education Subject: History/Social Studies Genre: Biography/Autobiography, Political Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Female Lead Characters, Multicultural Lead Characters, Social issues, For adults too Synopsis: A stunningly accomplished debut graphic novel, HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS is Sarah Glidden’s charming and funny travel memoir of her trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Masada and other historic locales, brought to life with lush watercolors in all of their quirky and breathtaking detail.At the same time, ISRAEL is a sensitive, deeply thoughtful and personal examination of a highly charged issue, an account […] Read More

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

Author/Illustrator: Josh Neufeld Publisher: Pantheon Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education Subject: History/Social Studies Genre: Historical Fiction, Biography/Autobiography, Political Synopsis: A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a masterful portrait of a city under siege. Cartoonist Josh Neufeld depicts seven extraordinary true stories of survival in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina. Here we meet Denise, a counselor and social worker, and a sixth-generation New Orleanian; “The Doctor,” a proud fixture of the French Quarter; Abbas and Darnell, two friends who face the storm from Abbas’ s family-run market; Kwame, a pastor’s son just entering his senior year of high school; and the young […] Read More

A Treasury of XXth Century Murders series

Author/Illustrator: Rick Geary Publisher: NBM Publishing Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education Subject: History/Social Studies Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Social issues, For adults too Synopsis: New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922. Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an […] Read More

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return

Author/illustrator: Zeina Abirached Publisher: Graphic Universe Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 School Subject: History/Social Studies Genre: Biography/Autobiography, Political Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Female Lead Characters, Child Lead Characters, Multicultural Lead Characters, Social issues, For adults too Synopsis: When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon had been going on for six years, so it’s just a normal part of life for her and her parents and little brother. The city of Beirut is cut in two by bricks and sandbags, threatened by snipers and shelling. East Beirut is for Christians, and West Beirut is for Muslims. When Zeina’s parents don’t return from a visit […] Read More

Fallout

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani, Janine Johnston, Steve Lieber, Vince Locke, Bernie Mireault, Jeff Parker, Chris Kemple, and Eddy Newell Publisher: G.T. Labs Grade levels: 9-12, Higher Education Subject: Science, History/Social Studies Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: For adults too, Nonfiction, Social Issues Synopsis: The lives of scientists J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leo Szilard offer a cautionary tale about the uneasy alliance between physicists, the military, the government, and the beginnings of “big science.” Comics Worth Reading review Comic Book Galaxy review Diamond Bookshelf review Discover Magazine review Publisher’s book page Study Guide  

Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani, Donna Barr, Mary Fleener, Stephanie Gladden, Roberta Gregory, Lea Hernandez, Carla Speed McNeil, Linda Medley, Marie Severin, Jen Sorensen, Anne Timmons, and Ramona Fradon Publisher: G.T. Labs Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education Subject: History/Social Studies, Science Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Female Lead Characters, Nonfiction Synopsis: Dignifying Science is the second in a series of books done in comics form telling true stories about scientists. This book features famous women scientists including Marie Curie, mathematician Emmy Noether, physicist Lise Meitner, DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin, biologist Barbara McClintock, primatologist Birute Galdikas, and Hedy Lamarr. Yes, that Hedy Lamarr…her story will surprise […] Read More

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, & Thunder Lizards

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani and Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon, Shad Petosky, and Charles R. Knight